NTSPP – 323
A Puzzle by Phibs
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Phibs has set barred puzzles in the Enigmatic Variations (as Ranunculus) and Inquisitor series (as Triton), as well as the Magpie magazine (as Phylax). His next EV puzzle will be published tomorrow. We are privileged to be the first to publish one of his blocked puzzles – don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as you might expect with that pedigree. See how long it takes you to work out which clue is my favourite!
A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows:
I hadn’t met a setter called Phibs before and so I assumed that I wouldn’t be this week’s NTSPP reviewer, but a quick read of BD’s introduction soon made it clear that I was the lucky person who would get to enjoy this very nice, if a bit too anagram-heavy, crossword, twice over.
A number of people have tried to persuade me to solve barred puzzles over the years but I’m sticking with blocked puzzles so I do hope Phibs continues to set them as, judging by all the comments, everyone enjoyed this one as much as I did.
9a Nobleman given award for piercing subject (7)
EARLOBE A nobleman given an Order of the British Empire (award)
10a Queen turning to Will when wanting bit of palace put on sale (7)
RELEASE The misleading capital W held me up a bit when I was parsing this one but it soon became clear that we need a reversal (turning) of the Queen’s regnal cipher followed by a verb meaning to be the will or choice (of something) without the letter P at the front (wanting ‘bit’ of Palace).
11a Stuffy highlander ultimately boring liberated lassie (7)
AIRLESS The ultimate letter of highlander ‘boring’ an anagram (liberated) of LASSIE.
12a One with tenancy cut short, rent not up to date (7)
ANCIENT I (one) goes with an anagram (rent) of almost all (cut short) of TENANC
13a Treat liberally, in fancy English inn? (9)
ENTERTAIN Treat has the honour of being both the definition and part of the anagram fodder in this clue. An anagram (fancy) of TREAT E (English) and INN
15a Note about consuming uncooked beef (5)
BRAWN Beef here meaning muscular strength. A reversal (about)of the two-letter abbreviated Latin instruction meaning to note (well) goes about a synonym for uncooked.
16a Young venture to drink while embracing loose woman (5-2)
START-UP A verb meaning to drink embracing a loose woman.
19a Went ahead on stomach? (7)
CRAWLED Part of a verb meaning at the front (went ahead) goes after an animal’s stomach.
20a Keeps record of tips (5)
LISTS Makes a written record of or tips to one side.
21a Seat in Obama’s office, wingless with back of cowhide (9)
RESIDENCE Seat in the sense of a country abode – Remove the ‘wings’ from the office held by Barack Obama and add the ‘back’ of cowhidE.
25a International council replacing Greek with loud cough (7)
CONFESS Cough here is a slang term meaning to admit to a crime – Replace the abbreviation for Greek which appears in the middle of an international council and replace with the musical abbreviation meaning ‘loud’.
26a Bass, say, with gin shot results in staggering (7)
ROCKING Here the capital B for Bass is needed as it is part of the name of an island in the Firth of Forth – although I bet I wasn’t the only one initially trying to put a fish before an anagram (shot) of GIN..
28a Musician used to performing on own stool is wobbling about (7)
SOLOIST An anagram (wobbling about) of STOOL IS.
29a I removed trainee’s pants? That’s serious! (7)
EARNEST Remove the I from TRAINEE and an anagram (pants) of the remaining letters will provide the solution.
1d Carpet beater being wielded recklessly (6)
BERATE An anagram (being wielded recklessly) of BEATER
2d Doctor Cameron, for instance, reversing effect of fungal disease (3,3)
DRY ROT The abbreviation for Doctor and a reversal of the informal way we might refer to the party led by David Cameron
3d Produced weary wave (4)
BORE Three definitions – the first two verbs with different meanings, the third a noun.
4d She and I dance in centre of Nagano? (6)
GEISHA Yet another clue where the definition is part of the anagram – ‘dance’ tells us to rearrange SHE I and the ‘centre’ of NaGano
5d Beer lovers upset to receive a case of German brandy (8)
ARMAGNAC If you solved Petitjean’s Toughie 1573 you should remember the ‘bitter zealots’ and know to reverse (upset In a down clue) the group of beer lovers responsible for us all being able to enjoy “proper” beer and then insert (to receive) a case of (or the outside letters of) GermaN.
6d It’s on wall at school – “B.D.’s got crush on Miss Piggy” (10)
BLACKBOARD BD contains (got crush on) a verb meaning to miss or be without and a male ‘piggy’
7d Sport that’s largely corrupt completely divided by Coe? (8)
BASEBALL A word meaning corrupt without its last letter (largely) and an adjective meaning completely, divided by the abbreviated Christian name of Lord Coe.
8d Intended fools around, getting caught in act (8)
DESTINED A reversal (around) of some fools caught in, or inserted into, an act.
14d Tories’ rise could conceivably make you spit (10)
ROTISSERIE An anagram (could conceivably make) of TORIES RISE
16d ‘Fish about’ is minute breach of syntax (8)
SOLECISM A non-standard grammatical usage – A fish that Mr CS and I enjoyed for lunch shortly before I solved this crossword, a Latin abbreviation meaning about, IS (from the clue) and the abbreviation for Minute. I do know that it doesn’t help me telling you we had the fish for lunch [with parsley sauce, Jersey Royals (from Jersey) and purple sprouting broccoli (from our garden)] but I thought it was too much of a coincidence not to mention it.
17d Be nasty about securing a little loan with zero interest (8)
ABSENTLY An anagram (about) of BE NASTY ‘securing’ a little, the first letter, of Loan.
18d A priest, a drunk and a freeloader (8)
PARASITE An anagram (drunk) of A PRIEST A
22d Furious setter is involved in row (6)
STREET I did spend a Gnoment or two trying to put an I or ME (setter) into some sort of row! but here we have yet another anagram (furious) of SETTER.
23d Sounds from hooters I introduced (6)
NOISES Well there had to be one chestnut! I from the clue introduced into some parts of the body informally known as hooters (and no, definitely not those parts for which the Americans use this as a slang term).
24d Henry piling on the pounds, unsettling wife a bit? (6)
EIGHTH This fraction is obtained by removing (unsettling) W (wife) from a word meaning heaviness (piling on the pounds) and adding the abbreviation for the SI Unit of Inductance (Henry) at the end.
27d Worry comes in part from scaremongering (4)
CARE A nice lurker to finish with – the solution is hidden in part of sCAREmongering